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Can Orchids Kill Cats?

Can orchids kill cats?Many pet parents are hesitant to bring home indoor plants and flowers, fearing they will harm their feline family members. The good news is that orchids (particularly phalaenopsis) are safe for cats to be around and do not cause any ill effects even if the cat nibbles on a leaf or petal. The ASPCA lists orchids among the many houseplants that are non-toxic to pets.

Why are cats attracted to orchids?

Orchids are part of the Orchidaceae family of flowering plants and have a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes. In a worst-case scenario, if a cat chews or ingests an orchid stem, leaves, or petals, it may experience gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting and diarrhea, but this is unlikely to be life-threatening.

Other parts of the plant, however, can be toxic if a cat ingests them. In particular, the potting soil that orchids are planted in could contain herbicides or pesticides. Additionally, fertilizers used on orchids to boost growth can also be dangerous for cats if they come in contact with them. To avoid these risks, always use organic or natural fertilizers and apply them to the roots of the plant rather than spraying them onto the foliage.

If a cat does eat an orchid, it is important to get them to their veterinarian immediately. The veterinary staff will be able to determine if the plant caused any toxicity or other concerns. In the meantime, try to refocus their attention toward something else such as a puzzle feeder or other form of enrichment that will prevent them from chomping on the leaves and petals of the orchid.

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